Now that October is here and the weather will soon be changing, I thought I’d share about the Commando Sole. Not only is it perfectly suited for Fall looks, this sole is extremely comfortable and great for rain and snow. You might end up sitting on the ground if you take your standard Indies for a walk in icy conditions.
The Commando Sole is basically a rubber tread attached to a double leather sole, so you get the support of leather and the grip and cushioning of rubber. Alden fans are often divided on whether or not this sole is appropriate for dressier occasions and some say it looks too “clunky”, but I submit that it works well for many styles and situations. On the forefoot the treads are recessed back a bit from the edge so they can’t be seen from the top or sides, camouflaging their functionality. This gives the shoes or boot a clean front edge which ends up being quite versatile. The heel block shows the tread all the way to the edge and looks slightly over-sized in comparison to the front, but once you’ve tried them on and see how comfortable they are, you might not mind at all.